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World Tourism Day Observed

Govt eyes 10pc GDP from tourism

  • Staff Correspondent
  • 28 September, 2022 12:00 AM
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Govt eyes 10pc GDP from tourism
Potters are making different designs of craftsmanship to attract tourists in the Nepalese popular tourist spot at Bhaktapur. This photo was taken by the Daily Sun staff photojournalist Kamrul Islam Ratan last week.

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The government hopes that the contribution from the tourism sector to gross domestic product (GDP) will reach 10 per cent after implementation of the Tourism Master Plan which is to be finalised by December.

“Bangladesh's tourism would enter into a new era when the first ever Tourism Master Plan is finalised this December. It targets to increase the sector’s contribution to GDP to 10 per cent,” said State Minister for Civil Aviation and Tourism Md Mahbub Ali while addressing a discussion meeting marking the World Tourism Day at Parjatan Bhaban in Dhaka on Tuesday.

Earlier, he inaugurated a colourful rally, organised by the Bangladesh Tourism Board (BTB) under the Ministry of Civil Aviation and Tourism on Parjatan Bhaban premises at 7:30 am.

President of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on the Ministry of Civil Aviation and Tourism RAM Ubaidul Moktadir Chowdhury was also present at the event.

They called for promoting the tourism sector and expanding it to more areas of the country.

The theme for this year’s celebration is "Rethinking Tourism" as the world is overcoming the adverse effects of coronavirus pandemic.

Bangladesh Parjatan Corporation (BPC) and Bangladesh Tourism Board (BTB) jointly organised various programmes at the Parjatan Bhaban in Agargaon to observe the day.

Later, a rickshaw rally was held at the Gulshan-Baridhara Diplomatic Area under the joint initiative of BPC and the Tourist Guide Association.

BPC’s travel unit also organised a three-city tour for students and underprivileged people at low charge and free of charge respectively. The BPC declared a 30 percent discount on

its services including food festivals, live cooking shows and accommodation in its hotels and motels on the occasion.

To mark the day, a week-long beach carnival has been organised to attract more tourists to the world’s longest beach in Cox’s Bazar. Bashundhara Group has sponsored the event.

On the occasion of the festival, more than 500 hotels, motels, guesthouses, and cottages in the city are offering 25-70 percent discount.

The United Nations World Tourism Organisation has been celebrating September 27 as World Tourism Day since 1980 marking the date as the founding day of the organisation.